Bench Memos

Instead of Pres. Obama’s Nobel Acceptance,

I’d rather watch Justice Clarence Thomas give a speech about the greatness of Abraham Lincoln.  Fortunately, Justice Thomas gave a wonderful speech on just that subject two weeks ago at Washington and Lee University–and in the Lee Chapel no less.  (Think about that: Justice Thomas praising President Lincoln in a chapel named for General Lee in Virginia.  A nice moment.)

I was there for the speech, which was truly riveting, and kicked off a superb conference devoted to Lincoln, with panels the next day featuring distinguished Lincoln scholars.  It was all organized by Professor Lucas Morel of Washington and Lee.  To my friend Lucas I say, get all those excellent papers together into a book, and use Justice Thomas’s speech as the introduction.  I’d buy it!

Matthew J. Franck — Matthew J. Franck is the Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey.

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